Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Quarters at Stones Bay Apartment Model

Located near the back gate to Camp LeJeune, this apartment complex has quickly become home to hundreds of US Marines, their wives and children. Eager to live off base these families are able to call the Quarters at Stones Bay home.  With a Game Room that sports a Texas Hold 'Em poker and a billiard table; Tanning Rooms; an internet cafe; Fitness facility; an outdoor fireplace and a fabulous Gathering Room, this is a world away from what's typically been available in local housing!

Posting Missy's Craftroom Pictures!

Wow!  So much time has passed!  Here are the 'after' pics of Missy's Craft Room! (See the previous post for the "before" pictures!)

 ...Remember...this was a total surprise for Missy!  Her husband came to me and said he wanted to do something special for her birthday and wanted to take the empty room and convert it to something that would work for every creative urge that Missy would have!

So this six-month project started with some concealed visits to their house during Missy's workday where we took measurements and then started on some CAD drawings.  I met with the cabinet company who set to work planning and making the custom cabinetry....

 Below is her Computer/Laptop Area...

And below will be her Sewing Machine area...

Trust me.... the area below between the two storage towers is for hubbie's flat screen TV... you know that if he wants to see her he will have to join her in this great room!

A long granite worktable...great for craft projects!  It's supported by substantial storage cubbies on either end!

I ordered two steel wrapping paper racks with attached razor cutters off the internet.  They are super sturdy and mount to the scrapbook storage cabinet below... Imagine how easy it would be to wrap birthday or holiday gifts in this room!

We added a window seat cushion and an awning window valance below...

.... and cute drapery panels below that were trimmed with random buttons!  Cute!!!!

And the thoughtful hubbie took Missy on a great birthday trip, during which everything was transformed in a four-day time period!  To say that she was shocked would be an understatement!  

So that's a 'wrap' for Missy's Craft Room... We are now on to other rooms in the house!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Missy's Craft Room

Several months ago I got a phone call from Jeff who wanted to surprise his wife with a new craft room. I had helped Jeff and Missy a few years ago with the many selections they had to make when they were building their house. Jeff wanted this empty room to be totally done and finished while they were out of town so that he could surprise Missy with the end result when they came home.

It took several meetings but I first developed the floor plans and incorporated the things that I would want in such a room were it mine. The beauty of the CAD program that we have is that you can do the layout and then bring it up into a 3D elevation to show my clients exactly what it will look like when completed. Jeff was thrilled and we went ahead and worked with the cabinet people to get the cabinetry done. Furniture had to be ordered; Electrical plans, paint and color selections made.

Below are some of the elevations that convinced Jeff that we were on the right track! Window treatments get installed later this week...check back for the "After" pictures!


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Greensboro's 2010 Chic Chateau Showhouse Tour

(Graphic Designs for posters done by talented Jacqueline Alvarez:

SSI Design Group designers have been totally immersed in preparations for Chic Chateau 2010...a Triad area showcase home that will be furnished & accessorized with thrift shop and consignment store finds! The project represents SSI's major contribution to charity and involves seven designers...all of whom set out on unpaid missions all over the Triad area to find the perfect furnishings and accessories to complete their assigned rooms. Pertinent information about touring this fabulous showhouse include:

Chic Chateau Showhouse Tour Dates
September 24 thru 26; October 1-3
Open Friday and Saturdays 10AM-6PM
Sundays: 12-5
Admission: $10

House Location: 3702 Stratton Hill Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410

Additional Special Events include:
Pearls & Purses Fashion Show
Tuesday, September 28th 6 PM
Ticket Price: $25
Includes hor d'oeurves & beverage
Courtesy of Pepper Moon Catering
All consigned jewelry and accessories for sale!

Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, September 29th 11AM
Ticket Price $25
Also includes house tour, lunch
Courtesy of Panera Bread

The entire contents of the Chic House are up for sale and benefit the following very worthy Triad area charities:

  • The Barnabas Network
  • The Children's Home Society of NC
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Housing Greensboro
  • Ten Thousand Villages

Some miscellaneous pictures and plans for the house....

A preview of what we have planned for the 2010 Chic Dining Room.... While the recessed niche normally would get used for a china cabinet we have decided to get an old fireplace mantle from a salvage supply...we found one that dates back to 1865.... we stripped off the peeling paint and left enough of the crackled finish to make it look distressed.

We found this Jacobean 1928 vintage dining room table with it's unique stretcher base discarded at a warehouse. Even though the top veneer was lifting we loved the base and set about removing it's mahogony stain from the walnut wood!

A shot of the base as it was being stripped. We used the typical gel-like stripper to remove the old varnish or sealer and then used regular houshold bleach to bring the raw wood to the beautiful grayed, reclaimed wood look. I love the way some of the mahogony finish is left in the fluted grooves giving definition and highlighting the leg style!

And this is the final result... after the top veneer was re-secured there was a harlequin diamond pattern fauxed onto the top! An outstanding transformation that gives an old discarded table new life for many years to come!

The exterior elevation of the R & K Investment Properties craftsman style "Hudson" plan. R & K build amazing houses....their signature features always include fabulous moldings and Master Bedroom sitting areas with fireplaces. See their website at

Inspired by the Restoration Hardware's vintage look...complete with the look of grayed oak cabinetry... we worked with kitchen designer Travis at Distinctive Designs located locally in High Point, NC to develop the plans and the look for the custom kitchen.

A view of the Great Room or main living area....It's an open floor plan...great for families and entertaining as you can see in this picture which shows how it connects with the kitchen nook area...

The Dining Room with a recessed niche for a china cabinet... what a smart idea to save on space in a smaller dining room. It's easily do-able when you're building a house and the Dining Room backs up to the garage as this one does...

The foyer entry of the Chic 2010 house.... We worked with the builder to balance out the feel of the window of the door...we're adding molding to simulate shutters on either side of that upper window...a great trick to 'enlarge' a window and to make this two-story foyer feel more balanced! Check back as we'll post another picture with the end result!

A view of of the Master Bedroom as seen from the doorway into Master Bath. This R & K "Hudson" house plan includes a large Master Bedroom as you can see here...complete with fireplace and sitting area!

For more information about Chic Chateau see the Chic Chateau blog at or call 336.822-2043.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Furnishing a Weekend Getaway!

With the market now flooded with bank-owned vacation homes and condos several of our clients have been reaping the benefits of the reduced prices! We, in turn, have been fortunate to complete these new havens with beautiful funishings! The pictures that follow are of a recent installation in Sunset Beach, NC....a coastal community north of Myrtle Beach. This view from the dining area of the condo is one of the Intercoastal Waterway heading South. The 1300 acre stretch of marshes and dunes of "Bird Island" (shown on the opposite side of the waterway) provide an important habitat and nesting areas for many endangered species. Local lore has it that sections of Bird Island have become a nude beach....something that is banned in the state of North Carolina. Accessable primarily by boat, you can easily see birds, deer, wild goats and some unusual human sightings!
....a view of the Intercoastal Waterway and Bird Island. The ocean can be seen in the far distance from this fourth floor condominium. According to Wikipedia there is, on Bird Island....slightly hidden among the dunes....a plain rural mailbox which contains an assortment of pens, pencils and notebooks. The outside of the box is marked "Kindred Spirit". Visitors apparently use the notebooks to record special thoughts and sometimes private prayers....allowing them to make public statements in complete anonymity!

Our clients found some beautiful hand-carved birds at a local artisan's shop!

If truth be told, these furnishings were originally planned in 2007.... designed, earmarked and consequently stored....for another Virginia condo that ended up going into foreclosure. It didn't take but one floorplan for us to realize that we could easily adapt everything for this new space. It was and is a happy ending for our beautiful furnishings!

When we first developed these plans back in 2007, navy and white things (believe it or not) were hard to find! We purchased William Sonoma bedspreads and had our workroom repurpose them into panels which take on real Ralph Lauren look! Combined with periwinkle blue, the result is an awesome nautical color scheme for a beach or lake-front home!